Saturday, October 8, 2016

Granny's loving message: Listen to Creation's sounds to help a world in need

"Come sit with me, my child," I said.  Carrie looked up at me with her big brown eyes wet with tears, hearing about her Granny's family and how they were hurting now.  "What can I do?" that child had asked.  She had not turned away, and so it hurt her heart as if the people living with their pain were neighbors right next door.

"I know you feel so very bad, my dear one," this Granny knew this innocent one cared so much for these people, just as family should.  For Granny raises her babies to think like that, as everyone is brothers and sisters that we care about.  But this new hurt is something Granny needs to talk about for everyone right now., when Carrie asks, as others do, why the Man Upstairs don't stop the pain and why it happens in the first place.

"You see, my Carrie, the Man Upstairs, He does know everything.  He knows why we do things and why things happen as they do.  That's why this Granny talks ro Him every single day.  I sees Him in the flowers and the honey bees, the squirrels that climb the trees out in Granny's yard and in the faces of His creation, so beautiful to see.  But in that beauty there are changes, and sometimes there is things we all can do in little ways to keep His world alive and good just as He wants it so."

"In many books, in many ways that people think and learn and grow, the Man Upstairs will speak.  He speaks His words sometimes through folks who learn the things in life we need to know.  Just like in school are teachers, there are people who learn about the world and all its ways today and every day.  They share it with the rest of us, but sometimes we are like some of the children you tell Granny about that don't learn their lessons, make fun of their teachers and don't do their homework.  Cause we been told the weather all around the world, from Africa to places far across the ocean these people saw it comin'.  They told us to be careful and not hurt the world He made.  They didn't always say their messages came from The Man Upstairs, but that don't matter cause we learn in many, many ways. "

"One day, dear Carrie, you asked me why I folded all those bags and used them over and over again.  You wondered why I took some water from the sink and washed out cans like that, then stepped on them to make them flat and not take up so much room.  I told you The Man Upstairs asked Granny to do that, then teach all of you.  Granny knew those people who had learned so much and paid attention with their learnin.; about the world they knew were saying things The Man Upstairs might say if He were standin' here and we know we can't see Him but He's everywhere we live and walk and learn."

"Haiti is a pretty place.  This Granny knows it well.  The people there are family of mine, of you and me and everyone in every place we go.  The Man Upstairs He knows they is hurtin' but He told us all in many ways to love our neighbors as ourselves, which means to care for them just like they were in Cloutierville today..Cause what we do can help or hurt our brothers and our sisters and the earth made for us all."

"So Granny listens to the wise ones who learn about our world, especially when they tell this Granny how to care for things and people that I love.  Granny pulls the weeds so flowers they can grow, and there is people who look at the world just like the gardens here and tell us of the kind of weeds that hurt and what we need to do.  Some of those weeds are in our hearts, some in the sky and earth.  We look for them and pull them out so they don't hurt what The Man Upstairs made and gave us all to love.  He's like the Big Boss at the factory in town.  He made that factory and put the folks in charge.  They knows what they got to do, but some of them don't care.  And that's how folks get hurt."

Carrie is lookin' up at me, her eyes are dry again.  " I think I know what I can do today.  I'll pick the rubbish up around Cloutierville with some of my good friends.  And I want to take some money from my piggy bank and send it to the children there in Haiti so they can have what they need.  "

My precious Carrie's sweet, sweet heart is filled with love today.  I knew she had her answers, just like everybody needs.  For years ago, this old woman's Granny held her in her arms and said what I share with family today, "Listen to the birds that sing and watch the flowers grow.  And listen to the people in your family who are listenin' in their special ways and learn different things that they can share with you. "

Those words stay with this Granny, and I hope they stay with you.

(Photo of Haiti: Wikimedia Commons)
















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